Aboriginal education strategy and policy

Key department policies and strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Aboriginal Education Policy

The Aboriginal Education Policy confirms the NSW Department of Education's commitment to improvement in educational outcomes and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. It demonstrates our commitment to the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Strategy 2015.

Turning Policy into Action guide

Aboriginal Education and Communities has created Turning Policy into Action (PDF 983KB), a guide to support the implementation of the Aboriginal Education Policy.

Together We Are, Together We Can, Together We Will: Maintaining a collaborative partnership into the future - Partnership Agreement

The Partnership Agreement between the NSW Department of Education and the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Incorporated (NSW AECG Inc.) is based on the principles of respect, commitment, collaboration and accountability to improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal learners.

The focus areas of the partnership agreement include:

  • Leadership and accountability
  • Ongoing learning and professional development
  • Relationships and pathways
  • Teaching and training

NSW Department of Education and NSW AECG Inc. Partnership Agreement (PDF 1MB)

Learn more about the important work of our partner at the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Inc. website


Connected Communities Strategy

The Connected Communities Strategy (PDF 665KB) has been informed by advice from the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Incorporated, and a broad consultation process with key stakeholders. It is underpinned by progressive educational research that highlights the value of place-based approaches to education.

Connected Communities Report on Consultation (PDF 926KB)

Connected Communities Discussion Paper (PDF 1MB)

Connected Communities Fact Sheet 2012 (PDF 2.4)

Connected Communities is an initiative of the OCHRE (Opportunity, Choice, Healing, Responsibility, Empowerment) Plan to download the OCHRE Plan visit the Aboriginal Affairs Website.

OCHRE Plan - Aboriginal Language and Culture Nests

Aboriginal Language and Culture Nests is an initiative of OCHRE: The NSW Government Plan for Aboriginal Affairs. Aboriginal Language and Culture Nests create learning pathways for Aboriginal students, teachers and community members.

Revitalising language and culture will help support Aboriginal people to learn their local Aboriginal language, both within their community and in school. Aboriginal Education and Communities is responsible for leading the Aboriginal Language and Culture Nests.


Other key department policies and strategies

Includes State, National policy and strategy documents and reports.

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